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5 Tips to Improve Your Agile Project Management project integration management Mar 08, 2020

As Agile and iterative methods grow in popularity, it is easy for those with a solid project management background to work in a new environment.  These 5 tips will help:

  1. Question traditional PM practices: everything you know still applies, but question how to tailor and improve past...
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Leaders: 5 Times You Should Cancel a Project project integration management scope management Mar 01, 2020

For over 10 years, stakeholders tried to make the Denver International Airport Automated Baggage Handling project work before giving up. The cost of continuing was around $120M, on top of an already over-budget project that was too complex to fix. Project leaders should know when to give up and...

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5 Tips for Leaders to Motivate their Teams resource management Feb 23, 2020

As a leader, you will need to manage by influence and motivate the team without full authority. Here are five tips to effectively motivate your teams:

  1. Be a good role model. Set the example you want the team to follow.
  2. Set smaller, shorter period goals. While having bigger goals is good, to drive...
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Project Leaders: Time to Ask Another "Why?" project integration management scope management Feb 16, 2020

Decades of Project Management research shows that lack of user involvement/ executive sponsorship and requirements management are consistently high on the top 10 causes of project failure list. Over time, there has been a modest uptick in project success rates, but still, large percentages of...

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5 Tips for Project Leaders to Effectively Handle Issues risk management Feb 09, 2020

Ever work on a project where it seemed like there were constant issues? Here are some tips to both avoid getting into this state and effectively handling the issues if you do.

  1. Have a robust risk management process. Issues are risks that "happened," so proactively identifying potential issues...
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5-Step Roadmap to the PMPĀ® for Highly Experienced PMs project integration management Feb 02, 2020

You have accrued far more than the required three years of experience, have taken some classes in project management, and just learned about the PMP® certification. This is the same roadmap I followed in 2001 and passed on the first attempt. It's inexpensive and you can "opt-out" at any step...

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5-Step Roadmap to a Career as a Leader project integration management Jan 26, 2020

Seeking a leadership career? Embarking on a career in Project Management and earning a PMP® is a good path PMs typically earn more than "experts," and PMPs typically earn more than non-PMPs. The skills you learn will benefit any future management positions. You can wait to become an...

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5 Leadership Competencies Needed for Times of Project Crisis communications management risk management Jan 19, 2020

When issues escalate into crises, these five leadership competencies are essential for project leaders to both weather the immediate storm and confidently move toward the future. It is difficult to recover when both being blamed for the crisis and taking the wrong management steps.

  1. Build an...
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6 Tips for Effortless Execution project integration management resource management scope management stakeholder management Jan 12, 2020

The execution phase of a project, while not immune to issues, can be as effortless as possible if you follow these principles:

  1. Do the right amount of planning: too little and things "fall through the cracks", too much planning risks "analysis paralysis".
  2. Get the right team: people that want to...
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Leaders: Do the Right Thing! project integration management Jan 05, 2020

Always do the right thing. It demonstrates integrity and ethics. You want to be known for this type of behavior - it builds trust, makes it easier for you to lead and negotiate, and creates project success.

What is the "right thing"? Here are some examples:

  • When requesting an initial project...
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5 Tips to Assure Successful Risk Management risk management Dec 29, 2019

Following these five tips will go a long way in assuring successful project delivery.

  1. Rather than skip risk management, scale and tailor a process to your project needs. Completing the exercise will help you more easily identify responses when unidentified risks occur later in the project.
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The Importance of Macro (Organizational) Change scope management Dec 22, 2019

A project management fable: A payroll improvement project was presented to an organization as a fait accompli. Only senior management had input into the selection and decision making for the project. Rather than allow the project manager to focus on the project, the project sponsor assigned him...

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